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Darracq double phaeton 1908


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A very popular photo spot, in Stanley Park, near Vancouver, British Columbia (I had to google it to be sure, but the amazing thing is I remembered it!). I guess it is known as 'the hollow tree'? Most photos of the tree are up close, and make it appear to be a bigger tree than it is. I have seen numerous photos of cars taken like this one.

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So many photos of great cars taken at the Stanley Park tree. Where did all the cars go ? I have lived close to Stanley Park since the mid 1960's, been going to local Swap Meets since the early 1970's and have virtually never seen any trace of any parts from these early higher quality cars. A smattering of brass T stuff, and every now and then a single brass headlight or similar trinket will turn up at a swap meet. But at some point 99.9 % of these better cars must have been scrapped outright. What a pity !

 

As people have been talking about on another thread, the Great Depression was a grim time for many. Hang on to that old relic beside the shed or sell it for a dollar or two to go towards food.? I am sure the choice wasn't difficult for most.

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The driver of the Darracq is Harry Hooper, often referred to as Vancouver's first taxi driver.  He was quite a personality with the history in bicycle racing and other sports.  In the early 1900s he worked for sawmill owner John Hendry and drove his 1904(?) French Front Oldsmobile in an historic first Auto Club drive around Stanley Park.  This car is still in existance, in the Museum of Vancouver.

 

Hooper's life history is worth reading:

 

https://montecristomagazine.com/community/vancouvers-first-taxi-cab-driver

 

https://pasttensevancouver.wordpress.com/tag/harry-hooper/

 

Below he is driving Hendry in another Hollow Tree picture.  This car may be a Napier?

 

harry-hooper-and-john-hendry-1906.jpg.b7cb2f2b6f2732942add377666f377e8.jpg

 

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7 hours ago, PFindlay said:

The driver of the Darracq is Harry Hooper, often referred to as Vancouver's first taxi driver.  He was quite a personality with the history in bicycle racing and other sports.  In the early 1900s he worked for sawmill owner John Hendry and drove his 1904(?) French Front Oldsmobile in an historic first Auto Club drive around Stanley Park.  This car is still in existance, in the Museum of Vancouver.

 

Hooper's life history is worth reading:

 

https://montecristomagazine.com/community/vancouvers-first-taxi-cab-driver

 

https://pasttensevancouver.wordpress.com/tag/harry-hooper/

 

Below he is driving Hendry in another Hollow Tree picture.  This car may be a Napier?

 

harry-hooper-and-john-hendry-1906.jpg.b7cb2f2b6f2732942add377666f377e8.jpg

 

I think it is a 1906 Pierce Great Arrow.

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9 hours ago, PFindlay said:

Yes, I think you're right about that.  Thanks.

Peter

Off topic, but I hope you are making out okay with those angry wildfires currently burning there.

 

Craig

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